Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has been appointed to the legal panel for the South London Legal Partnership (SLLP).
SLLP is London's first five borough shared legal service combining the legal teams from Merton, Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Wandsworth. The Partnership's aim is to continue to deliver high-quality legal advice and services to all five authorities, while embedding cost-efficiencies and direct savings through more resilient working practices, as well as shared learnings and knowledge and skills transfer.
The service provided by SLLP, which is ISO 9001:2015 accredited, provides the full remit of local authority legal services to the directorates of all councils as well as advice to Councillors; the Council and their committees; and to schools in accordance with service level agreements.
The SLLP panel appointment covers Commercial, Property, Litigation, Planning and Housing. The Womble Bond Dickinson team, led by Partners William Akerman and Jonathan Bower, is hoping to work closely with SLLP across these areas.
William Akerman of Womble Bond Dickinson, commented:
"We are delighted to have been appointed following a competitive tender exercise and look forward to helping SLLP realise its innovative legal service delivery objectives in these South London boroughs through partnership working. This appointment strengthens our credentials in the public sector, as we continue to work closely with Local and Central Government authorities across the UK".
Womble Bond Dickinson currently advises the UK Government's Crown Commercial Service providing a full-service of legal expertise across a range of disciplines, including general commercial, litigation and employment advice. The firm was appointed last year as a Tier 1 firm advising Central Government Departments, Agencies and Arms' Length Bodies.